McKool Smith was awarded United States “IP Firm of the Year” at the 2015 Benchmark U.S. awards. Fellow nominees included Fish & Richardson; Quinn Emanuel; Morrison Foerster; Sidley Austin; WilmerHale; Keker & Van Nest; and Winston & Strawn.

The awards ceremony was held at the Essex House New York hotel in New York City on January 29, 2015.

“A number of stellar law firms were nominated in the IP category,” said Mike McKool, a Founder and Chairman of McKool Smith, who accepted the award on the firm’s behalf. “Such fierce competition makes it truly an honor to be recognized as the Benchmark ‘IP Firm of the Year.’”

McKool Smith’s courtroom track record in patent litigation is unrivaled. Last year, the firm was named an “IP Group of the Year” by Law360 based on the significance, size, and complexity of its intellectual property litigation wins. The firm was also named the 2014 U.S. “Plaintiff IP Firm of the Year” by Managing IP.

Over the last eight years, McKool Smith has secured eight nine-figure patent infringement verdicts -- more than any other law firm. These victories include wins on behalf of ParkerVision ($173M); VirnetX ($368M); Versata ($345M); i4i ($200M); Versata ($138M); VirnetX ($106M); Medtronic ($250M); and TGIP, Inc. ($156M).  Within the same time period, the firm has also won six eight-figure patent infringement verdicts, including wins on behalf of  Summit 6 ($15M); Ericsson ($10M); Opti, Inc. ($19M); Pioneer Corp. ($59M); and Anascape Ltd. ($21M).  Earlier this month, the firm secured a $15 million patent infringement verdict on behalf of Droplets, Inc. against Sears Holding Corp. and Inc.

With more than 185 trial lawyers across offices in Austin, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Marshall, New York, Silicon Valley, and Washington, DC, McKool Smith has established a reputation as one of America’s leading trial firms. The firm has also won more National Law Journal and VerdictSearch "Top 100 Verdicts" over the last seven years than any other law firm in the country. Courtroom successes like these have earned McKool Smith critical acclaim and helped the firm become what The Wall Street Journal describes as “one of the biggest law firm success stories of the past decade.” McKool Smith represents leading clients in complex commercial litigation, intellectual property, bankruptcy, and white collar defense matters.

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